PSV Eindhoven vs Granada predictions and match preview for Thursday’s game in the UEFA Europa League. Read on for the head-to-head and betting tips as Diego Martinez’s side enter the group stage in their first ever European campaign.
- DATE: Thursday 22nd October 2020
- KICK-OFF: 18:55 (local time)
- VENUE: Philips Stadion
- COMPETITION: UEFA Europa League (Group Stage)
PSV Eindhoven vs Granada Preview
Granada’s debut European campaign sees them travel to the Netherlands on Thursday as they begin the group stage up against PSV Eindhoven. This will be another step up in quality from their opponents in the qualifying rounds but almost everything we’ve seen from Diego Martinez’s side so far this season suggests they will be more than capable of competing at this level.
The Andalusians were dealt a tough away tie in the Europa League play-off round against Malmo but passed that test with flying colours. A 3-1 win in Sweden ensured their passage into the group stage and while they might have fancied a glamour tie, the group they’ve ended up in offers a real chance for progress. PSV were the top seeds and this in theory may be Granada’s toughest fixture with PAOK of Greece and Omonia of Cyprus the other teams in Group E.
Granada’s domestic campaign has also got off to a good start. They’ve taken 10 points from their opening 5 games and come into this match after a fine Andalusian derby victory over a Sevilla side that hadn’t lost in LaLiga since February. After a busy summer of recruitment, Granada do have options in terms of rotation too and squad depth will be key for all teams involved in European competitions this season with a congested schedule ahead.
That goes for PSV too who will be hoping to take advantage of a weakened Ajax team and compete to win the Eredivisie this season, whilst trying to make progress in Europe. They currently top the Dutch league with 13 points from their opening 5 games and like Granada, they also successfully negotiated a tricky away Europa League play-off tie in Scandinavia, winning 2-0 in Norway against Rosenborg.
Head to Head
- The sides have never previously met.
PSV Eindhoven vs Granada Predictions
Score Prediction: PSV 1-1 Granada
This will be a real test of Granada’s credentials to compete in this competition this season. While they may have overachieved in qualifying for Europe last term, their summer business and early season performances suggest they are a stronger team now with significantly more depth to their squad. That should enable them to bring in some fresh legs here and they look capable of leaving Eindhoven with a result.
UEFA Europa League Betting Tips (18+)
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